LAW531- Week 4 Learning Team Assignment Week 4 IRAC Brief

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The week's assignment concerns briefing a case from the readings. You can pick any case from the readings. You must pick an actual court case and give the citation. The brief should concern a legal case that is relevant to the following Week 4, Contracts and Property Law, objectives.

Brief the case. Use the IRAC methodology. Discuss the:

  • I: Issue
  • R: Rule
  • A: Analysis
  • C:      Conclusion

The brief is followed by discussion of whether your team agrees or disagrees with the court opinion.

The paper is a minimum 1000 words in length

Ethics Coca-Cola Employee Tries to Sell Trade Secrets to Pepsi-Cola

“What if you knew the markets Coca-Cola was going to move into and out of and beat them to the punch.”

—Letter to PepsiCo

PepsiCo received a letter sent to the company by an employee of Coca-Cola Company that offered to sell PepsiCo trade secrets of Coca-Cola. The letter stated, “What if you knew the markets Coca-Cola was going to move into and out of and beat them to the punch.” The letter proposed selling trade secrets regarding a proposed Coke product code-named Project Lancelot for $1.5 million.

PepsiCo notified Coca-Cola officials and federal authorities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiated an investigation into the matter. The federal government brought criminal charges against Coca-Cola secretary Joya Williams. During trial, prosecutors produced the letter as well as a video-recording of Williams putting confidential documents and samples of Coke products that were still in development into her bag.

Williams was convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to steal Coca-Cola trade secrets and attempting to sell them to archrival PepsiCo. The trial court judge sentenced Williams to 8 years in jail. The U.S. court of appeals upheld the decision. Two other co-conspirators were arrested and pled guilty. United States v. Williams, 526 F.3d 1312, 2008 U.S. App. Lexis 6073 (United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2008)

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